A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.
Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.
When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.
What is the refund policy?
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Each of the six courses is scheduled for 4 weeks, with a typical week requiring approximately 5 hours of work (reading, videos, quizzes, and projects). If you work steadily, you should be able to complete the Specialization in 24 weeks, with a total of approximately 120 hours of work.
What background knowledge is necessary?
This specialization is designed to be accessible to students who have taken typical college first-year (freshman) engineering courses. The student should have an understanding of:
Freshman-level physics, including f = ma; masses, springs, and dampers; vector forces; and vector torques (or moments) as the cross product of a distance vector and a force;
Linear algebra, including matrix operations, positive definiteness of a matrix, determinants, complex numbers, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors;
Some calculus, derivatives, and partial derivatives;
Basic linear ordinary differential equations; and
A little bit of programming experience.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
It is highly recommended you follow the courses in the specified order, since the material builds on itself throughout the Specialization.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
Upon completing the Specialization, you will have studied material that might normally be covered in two semesters at the university level. You will be able to represent motions and forces (wrenches) in three-dimensional space; mathematically model the forward, inverse, and velocity kinematics of open- and closed-chain robots; plan collision-free robot motions among obstacles; analyze robot manipulation tasks with rigid bodies in frictional contact; and derive motion planners and feedback controllers for wheeled mobile robots. You will be able to write software supporting all of these activities, and you will verify your software on a state-of-the-art robot simulator. The high-level software you develop will be useful for almost any physical robot, once it is supplemented with drivers that connect the high-level software to the specific robot hardware.
Finally, upon completing this Specialization you will be equipped to take graduate-level courses in robot motion planning, manipulation, and control, or to interview confidently for a job in robot control.
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